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Creating healthier people and places

The Propel Centre for Population Health Impact aspires to a Canada that is free from preventable cancers, other chronic diseases and their causes. Our role is to improve the health of people and places by leading and catalyzing relevant and rigorous studies, and moving evidence into action. 

Interdependent programs  

  1. The Tobacco Control program supports advocacy and policy change, as well as prevention and cessation interventions, with relevant evidence;
  2. The Healthy Living program focuses on environments that shape health behaviours, especially healthy eating and physical activity, and among priority populations, including children and youth; and
  3. The Capacity Development program focuses on scientific innovations, training and learning opportunities for students and health professionals, and sparking and supporting new collaborations within and across policy, practice and research sectors.

Propel priorities

  • Activities that maximize alignment with major stakeholders (e.g., Canadian Cancer Society, University of Waterloo, Public Health Agency of Canada) and seek opportunities for collaboration.
  • Collaborations that emphasize pan-Canadian influence and equity.
  • Research to develop scientific innovations.
  • Events that catalyze collaborations across disciplines, jurisdictions and sectors to advance prevention goals.

Propel is founded by the Canadian Cancer Society and the University of Waterloo.

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  1. June 22, 2017High school students who smoke cigarettes more likely to also use e-cigarettes

    Across Canada 18 per cent of high school students report using e-cigarettes at least once in their lifetime, and 6 per cent report use in the past 30-days. This from a recently published study from the 2014/2015 Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey.

  2. May 17, 2017A third of high school students ride with drivers who have been drinking

    One in three high school students reports riding with a driver who has been drinking, while nearly one in five was in a car where the driver had consumed marijuana, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.

  3. May 8, 2017Just as many teenagers use cannabis as smoke cigarettes

    Just as many teenagers use cannabis every day as smoke cigarettes, according to a new report from the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo.

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